Leo Coulongeat is a photographer used to traveling through difficult areas like Lebanon, Mexico or Iran. It is therefore without difficulty that he went to Colombia to discover the desert of Guajira, at one end of South America. Through arid landscapes and sumptuous sand dunes overlooking the sea, Leo Coulongeat takes us to the heart of Colombia for an unforgettable trip.

Find her work on Instagram.

Artist Daniel Jacob began making art in Chicago in the early 1990s, channeling his ideas into sculptures and works on paper. After spending most of his career in business, he has returned to his love of art. His current practice experiments with crystals and stones to create pop culture-inspired sculptures of dripping popsicles, Air Jordan sneakers, animals, and elements of city infrastructure, like sewer grates.

Each of Jacob’s works begin as three-dimensional scans which are then sculpted into cast resin and finally topped by hand with hundreds of thousands of multi-colored Swarovski crystals. A few of Jacob’s sculptures are currently on view at the recently opened Nonfinito Gallery in New York through May 31, 2018. You can see more of the artist’s work on his website and Instagram.

New York based Shantell Martin is the latest artist invited to collaborate with 1800 Tequila® on their ninth edition of The Essential 1800 Artists Series. The tequila brand is releasing six original bottle designs featuring Martin’s signature black and white drawings. The iconic, pyramid-shaped bottle has previously been adorned by the works of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Enoc Perez and more, with Martin being the ninth artist to be featured in the special-limited edition series. The partnership is a good fit as both the brand and the designer focus on working hard, being passionate, and honesty, all while staying true to self. Themes of the drawings include: The Future, Reach Higher, Be Honest, Yes to Yes, Who Are You, and See Can See.

Each of the original designs was inspired by the brand’s “Just Refined Enough” motto while giving nod to honesty and self-confidence for younger creatives in modern times.

Diabetes Management is essential to a patient, but the process can be confusing and inconvenient, as well as being another item for them to have to carry around with them. Like the majority of healthcare related products, the aesthetic that they carry is medical and unattractive, and they certainly don’t reflect the personality of the patient accurately.

Glucosio is a phone case that has a glucose meter seamlessly integrated into the design. It connects to the patient’s phone using Bluetooth and by using the dedicated app they are able to track their data. The application also offers the capability of meal logging, keeping all their data in one place!

At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking that the case is just another power bank; all of the unattractive qualities of a medical product have been completely removed, in their place is a sleek and inconspicuous design with a monochromatic color scheme.

Designer: Dousan Miao

Platov airport in Rostov-on-Don, designed by Twelve Architects, has completed ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when the city will be hosting games. Read more

with memorial day holiday just around the corner (how is next weekend, already!?), i guess i’m taking summer pretty seriously for this week’s roundup of new & noteworthy. i’ve found some fun for under the sun and some very colorful ways to enjoy the warm, sunny months ahead. enjoy!

1.’s all round giant circle towel is huge — like your whole crew can hang out on it with room to spare. and it’s got super cute pom poms, and could easily double as a super cute picnic blanket. this blanket definitely says summer is on!

2. nothing could say summer more than these Bead and raffia earrings in brilliant peony from j.crew. they kinda just scream “hey, backyard barbeque!”; 3. heading out on a summer holiday? be sure and take’s getaway travel pillow along for the airplane ride so you can rest up and arrive ready to relax; 4. i’m really loving schoolhouse electric’s very nostalgic ode to chenille with their new Popcorn Grid Coverlet in Tangerine. looks so cozy and lounge-worthy and just perfect for an afternoon of lazy...

Japanese design duo We+ has created a series of magnetic chairs and vases that are covered with thousands of tiny steel rods. Read more

Designer Simon Pengelly and Boss Design's Mark Barrell explain how their new collection of office furniture can be used to create open and flexible workplaces, in this movie Dezeen produced for the brand. Read more

Studio Mango and Princess Traveller are the most recent recipients of a Red Dot Design Award for their Safety luggage collection that offers some simple yet innovative solutions to give travelers peace of mind. The inspiration came from one of the designer’s own experiences in an airport when he witnessed a mom of 2 with her arms full struggle to pick up documents she dropped while holding her children. As he assisted her in gathering the belongings, he thought “there’s got to be a design solution for this!” and voila! Here it is!

The all new carry-on features a hidden compartment for storing their passport, travel tickets and other important travel documents. Not just a deterrent for thieves, it’s also a clever addition that makes accessing these necessities quick, easy and convenient. Incorporated neatly into the handle, the compartment is only revealed when the user pulls it out after the handle is extended. Great for paperwork. Even better for sneaking on snacks!

Designer: Studio Mango and Princess Traveller

Undulations in the green roof of the Macallan Distillery by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hint at the bulbous whiskey stills situated below. Read more

For centuries the Greek Myths have been used as cautionary tales and teaching tools for people both young and old. These stories convey deep wisdom about the human condition which continue to resonate with us. I wanted to honor these ancient stories by interpreting them in the age of the pixel and gif. The challenge was to communicate these complex stories in the most minimal way possible while retaining their essence. By having each vignette loop seamlessly, the timeless and perennial nature of these stories are reinforced. Ultimately these animations serve as visual shorthand for ancient truths which are as relevant today as they were when first told.

The Venice Architecture Biennale kicks off this week. Ahead of the opening, Dezeen architecture editor Jessica Mairs looks at some of the topics likely to dominate conversation, from the future of social housing to cruising culture. Read more

Four engineers from MIT have opened a fast-food restaurant in Boston that uses mechanical woks to autonomously prepare meals in under three minutes. Read more

Soho House has turned part of the BBC's Television Centre in west London into its nineteenth private members' club, which features a rooftop pool overlooking White City. Read more

Unsplash: Workspaces Inspiration AoiroStudio May 22, 2018 Our last Workspaces Inspiration had a lot of great buzz. Thanks for the love everyone! We decided to make another collection hand-picked from Unsplash. In today's collection, we are featuring the latest from Ugmonk with his viral minimal, modular organizer (who raised over than 430K on Kickstarter) called: Gather. To learn more, please check out More Links For more, check out Unsplash Follow my tweets @aoirostudio Follow my pictures on Instagram via Unsplash Image by Jeff Sheldon Image by Domenico Loia Image by Kara Michelle Image by Kari Shea Image by Bench Accounting Image by Johnson Wang Image by...
Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio May 22, 2018 Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where you'll find the most interesting things/finds/work curated by one of us to simply inspire your day. Furthermore, it's an opportunity to feature work from more designers, photographers, and artists in general that we haven't had the chance to write or feature about in the past. For this Daily we are selecting in digital art, photography, branding and more. Our goal is to diversify the types of work and in the future we can perhaps categorize them in different sections. For now we are going to stick to the simple format of images and links. I hope you enjoy and share with use via Twitter or our Tumblr. Until further notice, we'll display the images and the titles added to them. Because of little issues we had in the past, the images are still linked to their authors, we just won't mentioned who shared them like we used...

Determined to be more than just a trophy and a name, the A’ Design Award and Competition wants to be the international standard for good design and innovative and creative work. Judging thousands of entries over a wide variety of categories, the A’ Design Award 2018 saw a jury of 212 members of the international design community get together to award design projects across a myriad of categories for their exemplary work, and that’s not all. The A’ Design Awards and Competition, as I’ve said before, not only recognizes good design, but gives it the good exposure it needs and deserves. Their mission statement has always been to provide growth and support to not just the designer, but to the design itself too.

We’ve hand-picked fifteen of our favorites from this year’s list of winners spanning categories such as Product Design, Lighting Design, Architecture, Furniture, Medical, and Social Design. Scroll down below to have a look at what’s making the waves this year in the design circuit! And don’t forget to register below to participate in the Competition next year to kickstart your design journey!

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YD Handpicks: 15 Winning Designs from A’ Design Awards 2017-18

01. Meditation Seat by Gao Fenglin

Gao Fenglin’s Meditation Seat can only be sat on in a certain way, directing the user’s behavior and encouraging a seating position that keeps your...

Joep van Lieshout discusses what inspired him to become an artist and how he made the transition to product design in our latest Design Dreams talk with Moooi. Tune in from 6:30pm New York time to watch the talk live. Read more